Asbestos Exposure Consequences
While it has been known asbestos exposure consequences may occur at any level, it has recently come to light that even low levels of asbestos may cause serious and adverse health complications. Recently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, new research has concluded that industrial workers who were exposed to low levels of asbestos may still be at risk for lung cancer, mesothelioma and laryngeal cancer.
If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos in the workplace and you subsequently developed mesothelioma or other adverse health condition, consider seeking legal counsel with help from Attorney Group today.
Study Finds New Asbestos Exposure Consequences
Data from a Netherlands Cohort Study of over 58,000 Norwegian men between the ages of 55 and 69 were used for the study. Researchers compared each participant’s job history to the levels of asbestos exposure in different occupations in an effort to establish an association between caner and asbestos risk. The researchers then compared asbestos levels to the incidence of several cancers, including mesothelioma.
After 17 years, researchers found that asbestos exposure consequences included 166 cases of laryngeal cancer, 132 cases of mesothelioma and 2,324 instances of lung cancer in participants. Although rare, its resistance to standard treatments and its fast progression makes mesothelioma one of the most deadly cancers caused by asbestos. Results of the study concluded that higher levels of long-term asbestos exposure caused adverse asbestos exposure consequences, including two subtypes of cancer out of the three studied – glottis cancer, a type of laryngeal cancer, and lung adenocarcinoma, a form of lung cancer.
For each of the other categories of laryngeal and lung cancer as well as mesothelioma, researchers found that low levels of asbestos exposure were enough to start the development of the diseases. In other words, the data concluded that even the lowest levels of exposure might still be attributed to an increased risk of laryngeal cancer, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Asbestos exposure consequences are apparent at all levels, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The organization has strict guidelines pertaining to the disposal and handling of asbestos and recommends that home renovators working for themselves hire professionals experienced in the proper handling of asbestos-filled products in order to minimize the risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos exposure consequences.
Asbestos Lawsuits Pending in the U.S.
Plaintiffs throughout the U.S. are currently filing claims with the help of lawyers against manufacturers of asbestos-filled products as well as employers who allegedly knew of the potential dangers of certain workplace environments and failed to warn employees of these hazards. Although workers are at risk with any job involving asbestos, it is still the legal obligation of a company to inform its employees of the dangers prior to allowing workers to complete the jobs it requires. Legal counsel is often advised for those wishing to file claims as more than one party may be responsible for your injury and it is important you are properly compensated for damages you have suffered.
Companies have settled asbestos lawsuits in the past from plaintiffs and their lawyers alleging serious injury, health complications and death, and many more cases are currently pending in state and federal courts across the U.S. If you have been injured and you received a mesothelioma or lung cancer diagnosis, you may be entitled to recover damages such as medical expenses and lost wages. You may also be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a loved one with assistance from asbestos lawyers and seek monetary damages for end-of-life expenses and pain and suffering.
Injured? Contact the Affiliated Lawyers at Attorney Group Today
Attorney Group provides free, no-obligation case evaluations to victims who developed mesothelioma or other serious health complications due to asbestos exposure. If you feel that you have a valid claim or if you would like to learn more about the asbestos exposure consequences to which you may be subject, contact us today. We can answer your questions about your particular case, help you decide if you have a claim, and then our affiliated lawyers will help you to seek the compensation to which you may be entitled and assist you in holding the appropriate parties accountable for your condition. Contact us today for your free consultation.